Cabinet Refinishing vs. New Cabinets?

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Oftentimes homeowners will ask us the true costs of refinishing cabinets vs. installing new cabinets.

The national average to install new cabinets is $4,507.00 – $6,711.00*

The national average to refinish existing cabinets is $2,234.00 – $3,122.00*

On the low end, you are saving $2,273.00 to refinish your existing cabinets and on the high end you are saving $3,589.00

The good news?  We are one of the few companies that actually refinishes cabinets!  This is our specialty. Most painters merely brush and roll cabinets. Our spray method produces the furniture look you are looking for.

  • Our pricing is simple:
  • To paint the cabinets = $100.00 per movable door/drawer [oil prime and two coats of Satin finish with Insl-X Cabinet Coat]
  • To re-stain and varnish = $150.00 per movable door/drawer [re-stain and two coats of poly/lacquer]
  • To strip, re-stain and varnish = $200.00 movable per door/drawer [stripper, re-stain and two coats of poly/lacquer]

We also have faux applications for cabinets. Need a quote?  Simply count your doors and you have the labor price to refinish them.

*Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeAdvisor members.

GreenWay Painting has yet another great review

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Hi Carl

We’re happy to inform you that GreenWay Painting LLC has received an A+ reliability rating from PeopleClaim.com. Your PeopleClaim rating reflects your complaint history and your good-faith efforts to resolve disputes filed by customers or other counterparties through the PeopleClaim dispute resolution system. Your rating is reflected on your PeopleClaim Business Profile, which is currently available to search users who Google your business by name, industry, or location.

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Don’t Be Duped By A Cheap Painter

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About a month ago we gave a bid to a man who’d gotten a steal of a deal on a foreclosed home. As I walked the house I could tell at one point it was very beautiful and spacious. The homeowner was wanting walls, ceilings, trim and doors painted on two floors of this large home.

The homeowner confessed that we were the most professional and most helpful during the bidding process, but unfortunately he had awarded the bid to another painter who had painted his friends house because he was 25% cheaper. Supposedly, the painter had done a great job at his friends house.

Yesterday I got a very frustrated call from this homeowner calling me to apologize. He said the other painter had done a horrible job and was still not done with the project. He was over a week late from finishing even though he knew the deadline and had promised to be be done by July 3rd. His lines were not straight anywhere in the house. And he tried to charge the homeowner more money in order to recoup losses from under bidding the job.

The homeowner confessed he made a mistake and was sorry. He said he’d be calling us back to paint the exterior soon.

Moral of the story: there’s a lot of guys out there who put a brush in their hands and call themselves a painter.  Don’t be duped by a cheaper bid. We don’t want you to have a horror story to tell after having your home painted so call GreenWay today – 513-405-7048!

Lead Paint Violators

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In Cincinnati, there are many homes built before 1978 and therefore many homes which contain lead paint. I’ve been in the business long enough to know when I see lead paint. I usually do lead tests to confirm lead, but nonetheless I can tell from looking at a business or home.

About two weeks ago [on the same day] I saw two local painting contractors painting two different homes which had lead paint on them. They were breaking every rule in the EPA’s book. Most people are still unaware of why this is important.

It’s important for two reasons:

  1. Lead paint is highly poisonous to your family; that’s why it was outlawed in 1978.
  2. The EPA created laws in April 2010 which stated a contractor wishing to work with lead had to be certified by the EPA and had to practice the safety laws associated with lead paint. Fines for not doing so start at around $32,000.00 per violation per day.

If you want your project with lead paint completed correctly and in accordance with the lead safety laws give GreenWay a call today.

-Carl Grizovic, President

Showing Your Stripes (Part Two)

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Last week, you planned out the number of stripes you wanted on paper. Next, decide whether you want to use flat or glossy paint. Alternating stripes of semi-gloss and flat paint can give great dimension to a room.

Once your planning’s done, the first step in painting a striped wall is no different than painting any other wall: You first need to prepare the surface. Make sure that there is no wallpaper, and if there are rough edges, those need to be sanded down. Be sure to wipe the wall down after you sand, and allow ample time to dry.

When your prep work is done, it’s time to paint the entire wall with one of your stripe colors as a base. You’ll paint the other set of stripes over it, leaving the base color showing through where necessary. It’ll go much quicker that way. If you’re alternating flat and glossy, we’d recommend using the flat color as the base.

After your base coat is dry, mark out where your stripes will go. Use blue chalk to make your marks. Once that’s done, apply strips of tape to the outside edges of the stripes that you will paint with your second color. You’ll paint inside the tape outline of every other stripe. Borrow, rent or buy a laser level to help make sure that the edges of your tape are perfectly straight up and down.

After you have everything taped, make sure that the tape is sealed to the wall. You may find it helpful to run a putty knife or even a credit card over it to seal it in (but be careful not to scratch the base color). This will make sure that no paint seeps underneath, ruining your edges.

Finally, paint your stripes. Paint slightly over the tape to get nice clean edges, but make sure not to paint over into the base coat stripes. One coat should be enough. Allow enough time to dry, and then remove the tape, angling away from the parts you just painted. Touch up where necessary, and you’re done?

Sound too complicated? We at GreenWay would love to handle the job for you. If you’re in the Cincinnati area, call us for all your interior painting needs.

Showing Your Stripes

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Happy Memorial Day! We at GreenWay Painting offer our thanks and respects to those who have fallen serving our country, as well as to their families.

And with the Fourth of July around the corner, it may be time to show your stripes…perhaps even painted on your wall? Seriously, have you ever considered painting a striped pattern on your wall? Many people pick a solid color when choosing a color for an accent wall. But stripes can look very good, too.

My parents restored a farmhouse from the 1800s, leaving a lot of the original structure intact or reinforcing it. However, they modernized everything, from upgrading the insulation, to adding a potbelly stove, to painting walls. I specifically remember my aunt helping to paint stripes on one of the hallway walls.  The stripes of paint alternated between a creamy honey and a beige. It turned out really well for that little hallway.

The first step is to choose your pattern. You can choose big stripes or little stripes, or even alternating big and little stripes. Will your stripes be regular or irregular? Either way, it may be a good idea to write your pattern down on a piece of paper and measure out the dimensions of the wall. Is the wall 13’ long? 15’?  The length will determine how many stripes that you try to fit into a certain area. Seeing it on paper will not only help you to see the big picture, but will help you to stay organized and focused. Even if you just sketch this out on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper, this will help make things more clear.

Stay tuned for our follow-up post next week regarding the process of painting stripes.

How to Refinish Furniture and Reclaim a Cheap Yard Sale Find

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Spring and summer boast the season of yard sales. Everywhere I drive, whether nearby in the city or in some small town, I see people hanging their clothes up, positioning furniture, and placing their items on the table to sell. All too often I want to stop by “just to look” at the items for sale. More often than not, my husband won’t let me for fear that I will find just that one item that I want and bring it home to an already over-stuffed house. Oh well, at least I can look, right?

Frequently people throw out good furniture or sell it for a very cheap price at a garage sale (hence, the attraction!). Let’s say you happen to find one of these. It looks good overall, but it may need some work. This is no problem. You can buy the item of furniture really cheaply and fix it up. If a drawer or leg is missing from a table, take it to your local carpenter or handy friend. And what if the piece of furniture simply needs a fresh coat of paint? If you do want to repaint it, there are several things that you need to do.

You need to start by sanding the furniture with a 100 grit sandpaper or finer. This allows you to get rid of most of the scratches and dents in the furniture. However, if the paint is peeling very badly, you might want to remove this as well. Removing previous paint can be done with a chemical remover. After removing the paint, you’ll want to sand the wood again.

After you’ve got a nice surface to work on, wipe down the furniture with a damp cloth. Allow it to dry, and then apply the primer. If you don’t know if the previous paint was latex or oil-based, it is good to start with an oil-based primer. If you try to use a latex primer on furniture that was previously painted with an oil-based paint, the primer will not stick. Put on at least two coats of paint. You may also want to paint a coat of polyurethane.

Once you’ve painted the furniture to your satisfaction, allow at least 3-5 days for it to air dry. And voilà! Your yard sale find is a beautiful new addition to your home.

 

Choosing Exterior House Paints

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If you want to repaint the exterior of your home, it can be overwhelming to decide what kind of paint to use. Paints can range anywhere from $10 to over $100 per gallon. They come in many different types of mixtures, bases, and sheens.  If you can afford it, it is ideal to use a paint that is 100% acrylic latex. A typical paint mixture on the exterior of many homes is composed of 20% acrylic and 80% vinyl ingredients. A paint with 100% acrylic latex will cost more, but will last longer in the end. Latex paint is easier to work with and will hold color longer than acrylic blends or vinyl resins. It will adhere to most surfaces including vinyl, wood, and stone.

“Latex” is the term that is associated with water-based paints. Oil-based paints used to be more popular. However, water-based paints became available in the 1950s, and were easier to use and clean up. This, coupled with stricter viscosity regulations on oil-based paint, caused water-based paint to become the preferred type of paint. It is recommended to use water-based paints in most cases, except if you are painting the trim, doors, and especially porch floors. Latex is very convenient, but has a hard matching the toughness, resistance to dirt, and glossiness that oil-based paints naturally provide.

What if your home is made of stone? When choosing a paint for masonry, brick, or stucco, it is necessary to choose a paint that can breathe. Acrylic paints are ideal for this, but since cement has a high pH, you will also need to use an alkali-resistant primer. Lime or mineral paints can be used instead of acrylic paint. Lime paint is comparable in price to acrylic paint. Mineral paint lasts significantly longer than either of the other two paints (two coats can last 50 years). However, it is also very expensive (around $90 per gallon).

We at GreenWay know that you want a certain look, at a certain price. All of our paint is low viscosity, which means it’s healthier for you and your family. We will work within your budget to achieve the look that you want. If you need a Cincinnati painter, contact us for a free estimate today.

Greening Your Summer Landscaping: Going Lawn-Free

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Landscaping comes in all forms and sizes. Many people like and prefer a perfectly manicured green lawn. They may have never considered planting anything else in their yard. However, alternatives do exist and many people are replacing all of that turf with other plants, shrubs, or possibly even vegetables.

Plans other than lawn grass tend to require less water, chemicals and energy than maintaining a lawn, so can be a much more eco-friendly option. It may seem hard to make this transition, especially if all of your neighbors are sporting the green lawn look. Replacing your green turf with good, high quality plants might not be intuitive. However, it will ultimately require less of your time, and can be much more attractive in the end.

If you do decide to switch to the turf-free landscaping, take some time to evaluate which plants you will want to have in your garden. Shallow rooted plants will require more watering. Annuals will need extra attention in the summer. It might be easiest to keep the high maintenance plants all in one section, separate from lower maintenance plants. That way, when you water the plants, it will be easier to remember which ones need more water.

Just as important as selecting the plants that go into your lawn is maintaining them. It’s important to avoid over-watering, both for the health of the plants and the environment (not to mention your water bill!). If you see water running off the surface, then you know that you are watering the plants too quickly. If there is rain in the forecast, then hold off on watering. It is best to water plants during the evening hours or in the early morning. Avoid watering plants during the hottest part of the day, as water will evaporate more quickly.

 

How to Prevent Basement Floods: The 3 Gs

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April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. Although we have had a rather mild winter in the Cincinnati area, the warm, fair days are mixed with a good share of storms, rain, tornadoes, and even hail. It’s impossible to completely prepare for all types of weather. However, when it comes to rain, you can do a lot to prevent serious damage to your house.

During a heavy rain, a homeowners first concern is frequently basement flooding. A flood can mean damage to paint, drywall, furniture, carpet–the list goes on. To prevent disaster in your home, remember the three Gs: Gutters, Grade, and Greens.

  • Gutters: It is very important to keep your gutters clean, especially in the spring and fall when leaves and other objects tend to clog them up. Remember to clean your gutters at least twice a year. If you live in a heavily wooded area, you may need to clean them more often. You may also want to buy extenders for the spouts so that the water will drain further away from the house. It is ideal to have the water drain at least 4-6 feet from the house.
  • Grade: Make sure the soil around your house is at a proper gradient, with the soil sloping away from your home. The point is that you want rain and other water to drain away from your home, not towards it. If you make sure the soil slopes downwards at least 6 inches over a length of four feet from the wall, no significant amount of rain should be able to drain towards the house.
  • Greens: Greens as in trees, that is. Certain species of trees, such as the silver maple, have an extensive root system. Such trees are beautiful to behold. However, you don’t want one too close to your house. The roots could grow in, break up the walls of your foundation, and cause further leakage. Make sure trees of this size are at least 10-15 feet away from your home.